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Archive for September 23rd, 2009

Could your data be going going gone with this flash drive?

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going_going_gone06

We have never come across a genuine flash drive in this packaging. Every single one tested by members of the frankenflash project that came in this type of packaging proved to be fake capacity. The flash drives listed by UK seller going_going_gone06 on ebay are rather unusual in that they are listed as being less than 1GB.

We are more used to seeing flash drives advertised at capacities from 2GB to 64GB in this type of packaging during the las couple of years. The seller was warned that these could well be fake but does not yet seem to have acted on the advice a concerned ebayer gave about testing these. If the other 512GB flash drives listed by this seller are from the same source these could possibly be fake capacity too.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have purchased a false capacity device on ebay.

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Written by fightflashfraud

September 23, 2009 at 11:45 PM

We don’t think these wristbands on ebay are really 128GB drives

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afterlifeplanning

We don’t beleive for a second that the wristband flash drives being auctioned by afterlifeplanning (registered in the USA) are genuinely 128GB. We think these will have been purchased from one of the many fraudulent wholesalers who supply fake capacity flash memory items.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have purchased a false capacity device on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 23, 2009 at 8:50 PM

Are these 64GB Corsair flash drives on ebay genuine or not?

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4erni4ka89

If the flash drives being sold by 4erni4ka89 are genuine 64GB Corsair Voyager flash drives then they are a bargain. If they are not then users will find themselves with lost and corrupted files after a while.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have purchased a false capacity device on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 23, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Hong Kong seller lists huge range of flash drives on ebay

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fashionzone999

We have shown just a few of the USB flash drives listed on ebay by Hong Kong seller fashionzone999. The drives we looked at range from 2GB to 16GB. All the flash drives from this seller seem to be listed in auctions with a start price of 99p and the rest of the charges loaded on the postage. Loading the postage like this is a way of evading ebay fees – though the seller will pay full paypal fees on anything sold.

If you take postage charges into consideration then it would just about be possible for genuine flash drives to be supplied. However, a couple of this seller’s drives look very suspect to us so we fear that fashionzone999 will prove to be yet another Chinese fraudster. We wouldn’t trust fashionzone999 as far as we could throw him or her.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 23, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Strange goings-on with a seller on ebay Australia

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usb_traderWe originally posted our suspicions about Australian registered ebay seller usb_trader on September 14th.

The picture you will see in that post is rather different to the one on the right.

Evidence has come to our notice that suggests that the seller became aware that the picture originally used (shown right) prior to our post was too obviously fake and realised that listings were under suspicion.

As previously reported the seller then used private auctions using only the picture in our previous post.

The seller seems to have realised that private auctions were also very obviously suspect and has changed tack again!

Auctions are no longer private but if you are very quick to notice things you may see a quick flash of the original picture on the left in some listings before you see the picture shown in our original post!

usb_traderBThe seller now seems to be selling 128GB flash drives with three different pictures – the one above, the one in the original post and the one on the left. We don’t think a single one is genuine.

Seems that usb_trader may be a determined fraudster.

If this contstant switching wasn’t enough to convince us that usb_trader is a very dodgy trader indeed we also noticed something a little strange about the seller’s feedback!

When we looked at this on 21st September the seller had a feedback score of 5.

All feedback was for sales of the very obvious fake shown in this post – all comments were positive yet only one buyer was left feedback. Do you sell on ebay? Would you not leave feedback for a customer who gave you a positive feedback comment?

We suspect that at least four of the five positive comments left are fake. On the 22nd September two negative comments from the same buyer were left saying these are fake (again a listing with the picture shown here).

We can certainly say we wouldn’t touch this seller with a barge pole!! We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have purchased a false capacity device on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 23, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Classic fake flash drive listed on ebay by yet another gremlin

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shipeixiao

gremlin2sLooks like shipeixiao is a new gremlin ID set up by a familiar fraud gang to sell fake flash drives on ebay. The drive from shipeixiao is a classic fake, familiar to the team at fightflashfraud. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 23, 2009 at 10:59 AM

This Sandisk Ultra Backup flash drive on ebay seems too cheap

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budzikovski

The 16GB Sandisk Ultra Backup flash drives listed by budzikovski on ebay seem a bit on the cheap side for this particular model – if they are genuine then they are a bargain.

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have purchased a false capacity device on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

September 23, 2009 at 9:00 AM